While it’s true that there may be better performing convertibles on the market, the 2007 Volvo C70 offers plenty of style, good looks, and safety features to make it a car worth considering. The C70 features a state-of-the-art roof retraction system that takes less than 30 seconds to transform from a coupe to a convertible. Even with the roof up, tall passengers have plenty of head room. It also has a comfortable and well-designed interior that is able to seat four comfortably. Overall, the C70 is a good choice for someone who wants the fun of a convertible and plenty of extras to go along with it.
Body Styles: Midsize coupe with convertible hardtop
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: C70 T5
After overhauling the design for the 2006 model year, there are only a few changes on the menu for the 2007 Volvo C70. This model year sees the addition of a jack for inputting MP3 players and digital music devices into the audio system. Sirius satellite radio is offered as an option as well.
The most distinctive element of the 2007 Volvo C70 is, of course, the retractable hardtop roof. This feature takes only about 29 seconds to lower the roof and store it in the trunk, or to assemble the roof and lock it securely in place. With the top up, the car becomes as secure as any other coupe from rain, snow, or cold. With the roof in place, Volvo ensures comfort as well with plenty of head space for taller passengers.
The rest of the C70 looks like a nice, well-designed coupe. It is sure to get attention in the parking lot or on the road. This car offers a sleek, modern design that appeals to the younger crowd as well as young families.
The 2007 Volvo C70’s interior is as impressive as its exterior. The cabin itself is very comfortable and well designed. Volvo makes every attempt to ergonomically design the interior. This car features brushed aluminum center stack takes the most attention, leading to the shifter. For some people, the center row of buttons may seem cluttered together, but it doesn’t take long to adjust to the setup.
During the retraction process, the car’s mechanisms lower the roof in three pieces and store it in the trunk. With the top down, cargo space is seriously compromised with only six cubic feet available. The number increases significantly to 12.8 cubic feet with the roof up.
Performance & Handling
One of the most commonly heard complaints with convertibles is the change in the ride when the top is up or down. This isn’t the case in the 2007 Volvo C70. This car handles well with the top up or down, and the suspension and solid body structure ensures there are very little road bumps or ruts felt in the cabin. While not as powerful as some its competition, the C70’s inline five-cylinder engine is more than enough to get this car out of the starting block. Around corners and turns, the C70 behaves very well. It is important to note that the brakes are a bit disappointing, especially for a Volvo, and the pedal travel is too long.
When designing this convertible, Volvo spared no effort in ensuring it had plenty of standard safety features to make the driver and passengers feel secure. It is equipped with front side airbags, as well as specially made airbags mounted in the car’s doors for increased safety. This convertible is also equipped with traction and stability control. Additionally, the C70 has rollover bars behind each seat, designed to deploy in the event of a rollover accident. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard, as well as whiplash preventing seats and pretensioning seatbelts on all four seats.
EPA Fuel Economy
C70 2.5: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Nice body structure
- Impressive safety features
- Well-designed hardtop convertible design
- Nice interior with ergonomic features
You Won't Like
- Little steering feedback
- Below average braking ability
- So-so acceleration
Very comfortable with plenty of style and safety features.
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